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October 14, 2022

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GSACS 2022 Annual Meeting Highlights

Meet Your 2022-2023 GSACS Board of Directors

President Jyotirmay (Joe) Sharma Atlanta
President Elect Benjie Christie Macon
Vice President Ankit Patel Decatur
Secretary S. Rob Todd Atlanta
Treasurer Heather MacNew Savannah
Education Chair Sujata Gill Gainesville
Young Fellow Representative Elizabeth McKeown Savannah
Commission on Cancer Chair Maria C. Russell Atlanta
Committee on Trauma Chair Benjie Christie Atlanta
Women Surgeons Chair Shaneeta Johnson Atlanta
Community Surgeon Representative Tracy Chason Tifton
Rural Surgeon Representative Kristin Tott Americus
Surgical Quality Improvement Chair Virginia Shaffer Atlanta
RAS/Associate Representative Katherine McBride Savannah
RAS/Resident Representative Jesse Codner Atlanta
Member At-Large Danny Vaughn Macon
Member At-Large John Odom Rincon
Legislative Chair Alicia Register Cordele
Immediate Past President Howard Melton Moultrie
Past President Dennis Ashley Macon
Governors Howard Melton Moultrie
  Jyotirmay (Joe) Sharma Atlanta
  Heather MacNew Savannah
  Benjie Christie Macon

Resident Competition Results –
GSACS 2022 Annual Meeting

GA-COT Resident Trauma Paper Competition
  • Goeto Dantes, MD - Emory
  • Utilization of Angioembolization in Pediatric Blunt Abdominal Injury at Adult vs. Pediatric Trauma Centers
General Surgery Resident Paper Competition
  • Arianna Sidoti, MS – AU/MCG
  • Adrenal Oncocytic Neoplasm: A Single Center Experience
Surgical Olympics
  • Atrium/Navicent
  • Macon

GSACS Thanks 2020-2022 President

At the close of the GSACS 2022 Annual Meeting, GSACS President Joe Sharma thanks 2020-2022 GSACS President Howard Melton for his service and leadership.

Welcome the ACS Initiates from Georgia

Please congratulate the following Georgia surgeons on achieving the monumental milestone of becoming an ACS Fellow!
These Initiates will become Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) during the Convocation Ceremony on Sunday, October 16, 2022 in San Diego.
More than 2,000 Initiates will be inducted as Fellows of the American College of Surgeons at the Convocation Ceremony held during the Clinical Congress.
Bradley   Hare MD Woodstock
Henry Leon Ferland DO Vidalia
Geoffrey Hunter Yurcisin MD Valdosta
William   Johnson MD Tifton
Timothy John Fuller MD Tifton
Courtney   Grant MD Suwanee
Katherine   McBride MD Savannah
Marc   Polacco MD Sandy Springs
Damon   Brantley MD Saint Marys
Amber Joy Holt DO Moultrie
Kyle Matthew Thomas DO Marietta
Sartaj Singh Sanghera MBBS Marietta
Ashanti Leniqua Franklin MD Marietta
Vishwanath   Danthuluri MD Marietta
Jacob A Werkin MD Madison
Janine Nicole Pettiford MD Mableton
Ayesha N. Lovick MD Lithonia
Olumayowa Pitan Abiodun MD Leesburg
Nicholas Rin Yu MD Lawrenceville
Terrah   Paul Olson MD Johns Creek
Mohammed   Almzayyen MD Grovetown
Nathan Joseph Creel MD Gainesville
Christopher Julian Keating MD Duluth
Shreyas   Joshi MD Decatur
Carly   Richards MD Columbus
Alicia   Register MD Cobb
Justin   Gusching DO Cartersville
Thomas Ellis Reeve MD Carrollton
James Middleton Chang MD Brookhaven
Ahmad K Mirza MD Augusta
John Crawford Hardaway MD Augusta
Joshua   Rosenblum MD Atlanta
Lauren McLendon Postlewait MD Atlanta
Eugenia   Page MD Atlanta
Denise   Lo MD Atlanta
Allison Frances Linden MD Atlanta
Deepika   Koganti MD Atlanta
Stuart Douglas Hurst MD Atlanta
Paula Janelle Harmon MD Atlanta
Maggie Layne Diller MD Atlanta
Joseph Gill Christenbury MD Atlanta
Davis   Horkan MD Athens
Philip Kurt Robb MD Alpharetta
Jason Michael Langer DO Albany
Golda   Kwayisi MD Albany
Clinical Congress

Engage in Meaningful Learning as a Virtual Attendee of Clinical Congress 2022

Clinical Congress 2022, October 16–20 in San Diego, CA, will be the first in-person conference since 2019, but this year’s hybrid format means that your surgical education can take place from anywhere, and at any time. If you don’t have the time or the travel budget to attend in person, consider participating as a virtual attendee. Learn from the masters and gain clinical and nonclinical knowledge all from the comfort of your home or office. Virtual attendees will have access to select real-time, livestreamed sessions and on-demand recordings, which will be available for most sessions within an hour after being presented. In-person attendees also will have access to select livestreamed and on-demand content.

All attendees will have the opportunity to claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, earn self-assessment credits, and meet other regulatory requirements through May 1, 2023.
Register Today

Emergency General Surgery Verification Program

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) have announced the launch of the Emergency General Surgery Verification Program (EGS-VP), a new surgical quality program that will help hospitals establish and maintain the highest standards in emergency general surgery.
As a program uniquely focused on the care of emergency general surgery patients in an acute setting, the EGS Verification Program offers an opportunity to chart the progress of a hospital’s program while also setting benchmarks and goals to continue the quality improvement journey of the EGS service.
Participation in the program addresses the following areas:
  • Resources: standards specific to the diverse nature of EGS
  • Data: a targeted registry within the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) platform with a focus on EGS outcomes and variables
  • Clinical care: development of standardized pathways of care utilizing a multidisciplinary approach
  • Value-added care: recognition that the right team, timeframe, and support provide the best opportunity to improve outcomes
Alongside the EGS Verification Program, the EGS Targeted Module of the NSQIP registry has been developed to bring hospitals the data they need to advance their quality processes. The first registry of its kind to capture both operative and non-operative cases, the module offers participating hospitals access to targeted EGS variables and reports designed specifically to support the progress of the EGS program. Leveraging the features of the ACS NSQIP platform allows participants to capture clinically relevant, risk-adjusted data and benchmark their outcomes in a national registry.

Contact for more information.

Visit ACS Central in the Exhibit Hall during Clinical Congress to ask questions and learn more about EGS-VP.
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Congressional Champions Introduce Legislation Addressing Medicare Payment Cuts

Surgeons are again facing drastic cuts to Medicare payment at the end of the year due to policies in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) calendar year 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Last week, Representatives Ami Bera, MD (D-CA), and Larry Bucshon, MD (R-IN), introduced the Supporting Medicare Providers Act of 2022, which would address the nearly 4.5% cut to the Medicare conversion factor beginning in January 2023. The ACS supports this bipartisan legislation, which would provide a critical lifeline to surgeons who are also facing a 4% Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) cut.

Unlike other sectors of the healthcare industry, investments in surgeons and other healthcare professionals treating Medicare patients lack an automatic annual update. Medicare payments have failed to keep pace with inflation, including the record, ongoing inflation experienced in 2022, resulting in a real-world decrease year after year. At the same time, the costs of running a medical practice have increased significantly.

Without congressional action, these compounding cuts will jeopardize the financial stability of surgical practices and are, simply put, not sustainable. While the ACS believes that broader reforms are necessary for ensuring long-term stability of the Medicare payment system, the College supports efforts that provide immediate relief to surgical practices facing financial uncertainty.

Take action! Use ACS SurgeonsVoice to write your Representative today, where you can tell them to cosponsor Supporting Medicare Providers Act of 2022 and protect patient access to care.

See How Surgeons Are Sowing Hope for Their Colleagues, Patients

Throughout her term, Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, DFSVS, has been speaking with surgeons and ACS members about how they have worked to sow hope this year. These optimistic surgeons have discussed topics, including a focus on return to cancer screening, improving resident well-being, getting engaged with community health, showing trainees the joy of surgery, and much more. 
As Dr. Freischlag’s Presidential year concludes, you can review previous conversations and see new ones by visiting the Surgeons Sowing Hope YouTube playlist.
Watch Now

ACS TQIP Annual Conference

TQIP ConferenceThe 2022 TQIP Annual Conference will gather in-person December 11- 13 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ. The conference brings together trauma medical directors, program managers, coordinators, PI clinicians, and registrars from participating and prospective TQIP hospitals and provides attendees the opportunity to network with key leaders from trauma centers around the country. We are pleased to also offer a virtual registration option for on-demand access to select session content.

Download the Agenda

Registration Information
Registration is open for the 2022 TQIP Annual Conference, December 11-13 in Phoenix, AZ. Secure your spot today.
Pre-conference Workshops
We are pleased to offer pre-conference workshops prior to the start of the 2022 TQIP Annual Conference.

Registration is Open

Register Now

ACS Quality and Safety Conference

Reminder: You only have until this Saturday, October 15 to access the 2022 Quality and Safety Conference on-demand platform!
Conference Highlights

Did You Forget?
2022 GSACS Dues

The COVID-19 pandemic upset many routines, and perhaps paying your 2022 Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons (GSACS) dues slipped your mind. Not to worry! You can do it now online.

Click on the button below and use your ACS ID number to pay your dues for 2022. 

Thank you!
Pay Your Dues & Renew Your Membership
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